Those individuals facing any sort of serious criminal charges typically tend to focus on a sole consequence of a possible conviction: incarceration.
While this is entirely understandable given the harsh realities associated with spending time behind bars, it’s important to understand that there are other very serious consequences associated with a conviction and that these consequences are not just limited to those crimes classified as felonies.
Given that a complete discussion of the collateral consequences of a conviction is clearly beyond the scope of a single blog post, our blog will instead focus on three important areas in which a person may see their rights and opportunities curtailed after being found guilty.
State law dictates that ownership of “regulated firearms” — defined to include handguns and a lengthy list of other rifles/assault weapons — is prohibited among the following:
Maryland law used to dictate that anyone convicted of a felony was permanently disqualified from voting, a rather draconian stance repealed by lawmakers in 2007.
Now, the law narrows the voting prohibition to those individuals who have been convicted of a felony and are in the process of serving their court-ordered sentence, including either probation or parole. What this means is that unless you were convicted of buying or selling votes, something that earns a permanent voting ban, voting rights won’t be restored until your sentence is complete.
Section 8-103 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article dictates that that the following parties are ineligible to serve on a jury in the state:
It’s important to note that this prohibition against jury duty applies for both felonies and misdemeanors.
The following serves to underscore just how important it is to retain the services of a dedicated, skilled and aggressive advocate when facing criminal charges as it’s not just your freedom that is endangered by a possible conviction.
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